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March 1977

Low-Dose Intravenous Insulin Therapy for Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, St Louis University School of Medicine, and Cardinal Glennon Memorial Hospital for Children, St Louis.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(3):308-310. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120160062010

• Fourteen pediatric patients were successfully treated for diabetic ketoacidosis with continuous low-dose intravenous insulin. The average admission blood glucose concentration was 717 mg/100 ml and the mean admission capillary blood pH was 7.13. The insulin dosage was 0.25 units/kg every four hours. The average total insulin dose for recovery was 0.6 units/kg. No complication was observed. The method is effective, safe, and simple to administer.

(Am J Dis Child 313:308-310, 1977)